The Indiana House passed a bill on to the Senate that would allow Marion and Hamilton counties to vote on a tax increase to help pay for a proposed mass transit plan. Now, developers are moving on to a more serious planning phase, involving exact routes and station stops.
“This starts a series of discussions where we’re really starting specific routes. What streets are we going to run through? Where are the stops going to be? What are the environmental impacts? What are the neighborhood impacts?” said Ehren Bingaman, executive director of the Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority.
The $1.3 billion Indy Connect project would include a downtown hub for connections and transfers, as well as double local bus service and add five rapid transit lines.
Organizers are turning their attention to three of those five lines in this next stage of the process. The Red Line would run from Greenwood through downtown north to Carmel. The Blue Line would run east to west with a stop at Indianapolis International Airport. The Green Line would take passengers from downtown up to Noblesville with a series of stops along the way.
One of those stops could be along the old railroad tracks near Graham Road and 71st Street in the area of the Binford Redevelopment and Growth (BRAG) organization.
“We are always looking to the future. What will this area look like in 20, 30 years? How do we make old suburbia viable? How do we make it grow? How do we increase property values? Much of that is reflected in the idea of having better transit,” said Kas Vargo, BRAG Board president.
Indy Connect is hosting a series of public meetings for communities to weigh in on where the routes and station stops should be. The first is Tuesday, February 26 at the Fishers Train Station to discuss plans for the Green Line.
Click here to view the Indy Connect schedule for public meetings.